VELOCIPEDE architects designed this cabin for a professional couple and their two young sons as a weekend retreat – a place to unwind from their hectic life in the city and focus on family. Thoughtfully perched on a steep hillside overlooking a small valley outside the town Cle Elum, Washington, this budget-conscious 1,400 square foot cabin has three-bedrooms, two-baths and a bonus loft/play area. The main living/dining room is a double-height volume capped with an exposed wood ceiling supported by wood beams, all sustainably harvested FSC lumber. The property is in a Fire-Wise community, requiring all exterior finishes to be carefully chosen for fire resistance and surrounding vegetation to be cleared. High on the owners’ wish list were a connection to nature, a large deck for entertaining, and a place for the children to take off their muddy shoes after romping in the woods.
Design for the adaptive reuse of an old lumber yard with a classic industrial building form. The open floor plan concept blends the restaurant and retail tenant spaces with common areas to create a vibrant scene characteristic of indoor markets. This project is currently under construction.
Design for a new net-zero-energy house including an airtight and superinsulated enclosure, heat recovery ventilation, and photovoltaic array. Exposed beams in double height living room ceiling. Detached Accessory Dwelling Unit (DADU) wrapped in weathering steel with spiral stair inside. Under construction, and is expected to be completed in summer 2018.
This water front home with lake views and covered decks off every major room is precertified as a Passive House. The project team applied best practices for energy efficiency, including superinsulation, extreme air tightness, triple glazed windows, radiant floor heating, heat pump mechanical systems, and a Heat Recovery Ventilator. Under construction, expected to be complete in autumn 2018.
Tenant improvement for a microbrewery and taphouse in a 3600 ft2 existing building in Ballard. A local favorite for its tasty brews, laid back atmosphere, and large beer garden.
Riffing on the owner's established mid century theme, VELOCIPEDE designed the service bar, seating and equipment layout, interior materials and lighting, and obtained their building permit.
New Passive House on a hilltop in Carnation, WA. Three bedrooms, two baths with an attached 4 car garage. The form and aesthetics are inspired by rural barns which provide for an efficient building envelope to achieve the Passive House standard. This project was built by the homeowners themselves over the course of 5 years.
Energy use reduction is achieved through super insulation, triple glazed windows, Heat Recovery Ventilator, solar hot water, and PV panels. The 8,800 gallon rainwater tank collects water from the roof to supply 100% of potable uses inside the house, the first house in King County to do so. Low toxicity materials were used throughout the building, most lumber is certified FSC, and the building is a Certified Passivhaus by PHIUS+.
Tenant improvement for a new 4030 ft2 gourmet beer tavern in Seattle's South Lake Union neighborhood. Brew connoisseurs love the choice of 50 draft taps and 27 doors of bottles, all carefully selected by the owners. The tavern's namesake is a glass ideally shaped to appreciate the taste of quality beer.
VELOCIPEDE advised on selection of the tenant space, designed the seating layout, interior materials and colors, and lighting. The focal element is the array of taps set in a copper lined recess, with menu screens above. The bar top is a slab of black limba wood.
A combination of physical therapy clinic and fitness gym, this growing business sought a larger space and a stand alone building to increase its identity in Lynnwood WA. VELOCIPEDE helped the client evaluate several properties before guiding them through the permit process at the location they bought, a former auto repair shop.
The tall ceilings and wide garage doors were features worth keeping, but otherwise we completely transformed the 10,000 ft2 space. In the basement is a tranquil yoga room with bamboo flooring. The clinic exam rooms each have a sliding barn type door, and the reception desk is finished with rough wood boards. The overall aesthetic is natural and healthy rather than the glitz or industrial look found at most health clubs.
This 1962 house in the Magnolia neighborhood of Seattle was aging and dated, but occupied a terrific waterfront site and had good modern "bones." The existing 2-bedroom house was remodeled inside and out without adding any space. An existing guest house was demolished to make way for a new two car garage.
A new stair was cut into the center of the house, connecting the upstairs great room with the downstairs den. The stair was designed and crafted to make the treads appear to float. New wenge cabinets and new stainless steel appliances updated the kitchen in its existing location. A new folding glass door opens the entire south wall of the kitchen to the entry courtyard in good weather.
In the master bedroom, the bed was reoriented to face the water view, with privacy afforded by new shoji panels when desired. The master bathroom was fitted with a two-person soaking tub, a glass shower stall, and slate flooring.
Built in 1909, this house was a modest 617 square feet per floor over a crawl space. After living in the home for 3 years, the homeowners were ready to add a guest bedroom/study and mud room, as well as dramatically rework the kitchen in a modern aesthetic.
A recycled steel beam allowed the downstairs to become one open great room. Two cooks can now easily prepare meals on the recycled Novustone countertops. New FSC certified custom cabinets by Kerf Design, Inc. feature exposed edges and colorful accents
A 10-person table is planned for dinner parties.
The existing house had no insulation at all for its first 100 years! So we sealed air leaks and installed cellulose insulation throughout the lower level. Inside, low toxic Yolo paint and recycled gypsum board were used throughout. Topping the new addition is a planted roof to replace the garden lost beneath the addition footprint. Certified Built Green 3 Star.
Located in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle, this narrow, three story house has a magnificent view to the Olympic mountains. The project added a two story Mother in Law (ADU) addition for a second family to rent. In between, a new skylit entry hall features a pond fed by rainwater from the addition roof.
Though similar in appearance to the main house, the ADU incorporates more progressive construction techniques than its 20-year-old parent. ICF stem walls bear on footings of concrete mixed with 43% flyash. Walls and roof structure are SIP insulated sandwich panels, and cement board siding is installed over a rain screen.
Heat is provided by a hydronic radiant slab below and a single fan coil unit above. The roof gutters gather water in reused wine barrels for irrigating the yard. The existing garage became a demonstration site for Seattle's eco-roof initiative. Certified Built Green 3 Star.
Too cold in winter and too warm in summer, this sunroom was virtually unused by the owners except for storage. Thermal comfort became the primary challenge in transforming the space into a recreation room for a growing family. Western sloped glazing at the roof was removed to prevent unwanted solar gain. A new wood ceiling lends a warm feeling and harmonizes with the existing wood frame structure. The eastern slope of the roof, meanwhile, remains as glass to maintain natural light throughout. New radiant heat tubing in a new gypcrete topping slab provides heat to the space in winter. In summer, new solar powered exhaust fans installed near the ridge of the existing gable roof allow warm air to rise and vent to the outside.
The bi-level space includes a family room below and game room on a raised platform above. A gear room is also provided for storage of equipment including snowboards, kayak, and bicycles. Partial height walls at the new game room were removed for a more spacious feel. The wall to the existing adjacent dining room was also eliminated, creating a seamless transition from the remodel to the existing home. New metal railings at the game room and existing basement stair maintain openness and add a modern touch.
This 1904 home in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle was built by partners of the Pantages Theaters. Oak floors with marquetry borders, ornate plaster ceilings, beveled glass windows, molded trim, and carved figureheads create an elegant home. The historic features of the house were all carefully restored while bringing the house up to modern standards for comfort and function.
The old servant's kitchen with its separate door to the stair was replaced by a new kitchen that is open to the dining room and overlooks the back yard. All new appliances anchor the beautiful new cherry veneer cabinets and soapstone countertops. There is even a hot water spigot for the espresso machine.
The second floor was completely remodeled under the existing roof, with just the original stair banister remaining. The new master bedroom features a large window with a view of Mt. Rainier. We split the bathroom into a powder room and a bathing room so the family of four can use it efficiently. The front bay window floods the new study with daylight.
All new systems were installed, including a dedicated HRV ventilation system that delivers filtered fresh air to all bedrooms and living rooms. Existing radiators were refurbished and a new 95% efficient condensing gas boiler provides quiet effective heat. The plumbing and electrical wiring were all completely redone.
A 1902 house with a clumsy 1960s addition was in derelict condition when the builder bought it from the deceased owner's estate. The corner lot, located in Seattle's Fremont neighborhood, was large and well suited to a grander house.
The existing partial basement was enlarged by excavation and finished out with a play room, workshop, wine cellar, and storage area. The first floor was a keeper, with 11 foot tall ceilings and large windows. Its floor plan was adjusted to provide a spacious new kitchen and family room to go with the existing formal dining room and living room. The entirely new second floor has a master suite, two children's bedrooms and bath, and a laundry closet.
The complete remodel inside and out was undertaken with a focus on green building practices. Demolition waste was recycled or reused on site, air leaks were sealed and the house was fully insulated, all windows are new double glazed, and interior paints, adhesives, and sealants are low toxic. The new heat system is radiant floors at all three levels. Certified Built Green 5 Star, the fourth ever 5 Star remodel/addition.